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Its been quite some time since i did a blog post and since i have more time on my hands now the summer season is coming to a close I thought I had better get back to doing them again.

I will try to do a blog post on a weekly basis .. that way you wont  get bored with my ramblings and i can find more things to write about.

Today's blog post is about a walk I did recently to Kayakoy and  to the Lycian Tombs which are on the other side of the valley to the Ghost Town.

I started the walk in Hisaronu  near to the Liberty Hotel Complex and made my way through the forest track towards Kayakoy.
It takes about an hour to do the walk and the track brings you out on the main road from Hisaronu to Kayakoy just before the horse ridding stables. Its an easy walk, most of it in the cool shade of the forest.

When on the main road turn right and follow the road past the ridding stables and keep going until you reach the back  road that goes from Kayakoy to Fethiye. At this point you will see a sign pointing to Kaya Wine House .. go in this direction and when you get to the Wine House walk past it along the track. After walking about a kilometer past the Wine House you will come to the Tombs.

If you walk past the tombs the track continues. Along this track you will see a direction sign pointing you towards Fethiye ..
6km`s. If you take this path you will then be walking along the cobbled Roman Road that will bring you into Fethiye above
Karagozler.

The above photo shows some of the free standing tombs and the tombs in the side of the mountain.

You can see more of the tombs here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/october-to-december-2013/lycian-tombs-in-kaya-13th-october-2013

A dolmus, bus, goes through to Kayakoy from Fethiye via Ovacik and Hisaronu hourly in the summer season should you feel you don't want to do the walk through the forest from Hisaronu.

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Yesterday was a day for a walk .. Through the forest from Hisaronu to Kaya and then over to Oludeniz Beach. In the photo above is my mate Norman Haley posing under the 6km sign that marks the start of the walk from Kaya to Oludeniz

Its a good walk from Hisaronu to Kaya through the forest, approximately 5 kms  .. the start is near to the Liberty Hotel.

You follow the track that the Horse Trekking people use. As the track goes past the Brooklands complex it twists and turns through the forest its quite shaded and makes for a pleasant walk in the heat that we are having at the moment.

After a short break for refreshments in Kaya its up to the "Higher Chapel" in the Ghost Village to start the climb up through the ruins  and to the top of the mountain before descending to Oludeniz Beach some 6 kms away. 

This part of the  walk is rather hard going  .. its a steep climb out of the ghost village and a very steep descend into Oludeniz so good shoes are required, certainly not sandals or flip flops. In this heat its also a necessity to drink plenty of fluid .. no not beer or pop .. water.

The views on route are fantastic .. as you go through the ghost village and climb up to the top of the mountain you can look back over Kaya .. beautiful. Once over the peak and descending  towards Oludeniz you see the Blue Lagoon and Oludeniz from a different angle than  usual , as you can see by the photos I took here ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/julysept13/kaya-to-oludeniz-walk-2nd-july-2013

There are more photos that I took of Kaya and the Ghost Village  on a previous walk here ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/kayakoy-walk-9th-april-2013

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The picture above is of a little area the local council have made over the  last few weeks.
The location is near to the start of the one way road that starts near to the banking area just off the main harbour.
 
It has a nautical theme .. a boat and the sea creatures made up as topiary .. and very good it is to.
A number of water jets , coloured at night, make it look good . :)
 
You can see more of the pictures I took recently of the area here ....
 
 http://www.fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/fethiye-boat-park-and-topiary-june-2013
 
along with more Topiary which can be seen in the Town Park further along by the Kordon, near to the Town Square.
 
As you will have noticed this is the first blog that I've done for a while now ... when the summer season gets underway I have many friends and family come out to Turkey.
This means life can get hectic to say the least.
 
When I set out with the web site I did say I would do a "daily" web blog ... in reality in the summer months at least I just cant do it, time doesn't allow me,, so from now on it will be a weekly blog instead. As and when I have more time I will post more often.
 
As some of you are aware I help a forum web site  .. http://hisaronutheforum.com/ we have meet ups at the Cubana Cocktail Bar on the Kaya Road  in Hisaronu .. these meet ups are weekly starting at 20.30 ... it would be nice to meet old and new member of the forum .. so come along if your in the area

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Some friends and I made another attempt to climb to the top of Mendos Mountain a few days ago. There were four of us in total 1 lady, Carol, and three guys, Norman, who has made the attempt before .. Ted who also has made the attempt before and myself.

Mendos Mountain is made up of many lower peaks  but the highest is at 1750 meters .. our aim to conquer. 

We set off at 9 am and drove up Babadag Mountain to its junction with the village in-between Babadag and Mendos Mountains .. this is to a height of 1200 meters above sea level. From here we walked around the village and started the long steep walk to Mendos summit. You can see views of the village here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/apriljun12/12april12 

these photos were taken on the last attempt to walk to the top of Mendos back in April last year.

We walked for a couple of hours .. determined to make this effort to walk to the top a success .

It was quite a hot day so plenty of water was required. The last time we tried this walk we didn't have a map and the route is not easy to find .. with map in hand how could we fail. :)

We walked a lot further than we did last time and after consulting the map and agreeing the next direction to take we made the final hard steep climb to the top .. it was steep and the ground under are feet was very loose with lots of sharp stone and boulders to contend with.

As we climbed the tree line disappeared and we were walking in open ground .. very little vegetation at this height. It really was hard going in the heat of the day but determination was giving us that extra boost that was needed. 

As the sky line got closer we new we had made it .. the adrenalin running high  .. the last final push to the top. Tired and out of breath we stood at the top  .. over looking Hisaronu and Ovacik with Fethiye and Calis in the distance. But then came the sudden shock ... for the second time we hadn't made it to the summit itself .. we had climbed to soon and to far to the left to reach the very summit of Mendos. We had climbed to only 1500 meters .. 200 meters short of the highest point. :( To climb to the very top meant going most of the way back down and continuing around the base of the mountain and then climbing back up again.

We were tired and a little disappointed that for the second time Mendos Mountain had beaten us. But ... we did say that "next time" ... we WILL make it to the top .

As you can see by the pictures it is still a fantastic view, even at 1500 meters, but the view and the knowledge you've conquered Mendos at 1750 will be better.

Here are the photos I took at 1500 meters ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/mendos-mountain-walk-22nd-may-2013

We made our way back down .. slightly deflated but it had been a good walk. Norman and I plan to make another attempt in September ... will it be third time lucky .. we will have to wait and see.

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Mendos Mountain can be seen quite easily from Hisaronu .. in the photo above I was standing on the Kaya Road outside Cubana Bar.

You can see from the photo the low clouds were hanging around the mountain .. its strange how the clouds can be so low  and the summit is clearer  like this but often happens.

You can see more photos I took of the clouds around Mendos here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/mendos-mountain-from-hisaronu-11th-may-2013

Cubana Bar is the bar I frequent when in Hisaronu .. its on the Kaya Road as you leave Hisaronu heading for Kaya and Gemiler Beach. They have a web site here ...

http://www.cubana-cocktail-bar.co.uk/

As some of you know I help by moderating on the Hisaronu - the  forum .. a forum set up to give help and advice about all things to do with Hisaronu, Ovacik, Oludeniz and Fethiye areas.The web site is here...

http://hisaronutheforum.com/

The forum also has a Facebook page here ...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/113256798722492/

Hisaronu - the forum is part of the web site Hisaronu - the village .. as the title says .. all about the village and surrounding areas .. you will find on here a map of the village with many bars/restaurants hotels and shops marked on it. The web site is here ...

http://hisaronuthevillage.com/

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